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Not conceived as art, this work originated in 1969. The gift of a pair of Ring-necked Mourning doves lead to the design of their environment. The doves were given free rein of the artist’s studio. A bicycle wheel was hung for a perch. The wheel spun whenever the birds landed, and they rested and slept. A Zen archer’s target was nailed to the floor. It became a piece when the birds constructed a nest made from wire and string from the studio and hair from the artist's brush. An egg was hatched in this nest and in the spring when the chick was old enough, the birds flew away. The material trace of the work resides in the 1969 bronze and silver casts of broken eggshells.

                     
     

Without Title,1969
Silver, 1 ½ x
3 x 1 ½ inches
Collection of the artist

      

Nothing [IV Series I], 1989
18 carat gold, 1½ x 3 x 1½ inches
The Art Institute of Chicago

      

Nothing [2 Series I], 2000
18 carat gold cast of a goose egg shell
2 ½ x 5 x 2 ½ inches; Collection of the artist

      

Nothing [2 Series II], 2004
18 carat gold cast of a goose eggshell
2 ½ x 5 x 2 ½ inches; Collection of Roselind Jacobs, New York